Following complications since the film was shot in 1972, 'Amazing Grace' will premiere at the DOC NYC festival next week. The documentary was shot by acclaimed director Sydney Pollack.
The late soul-singer, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 76, never got the chance to see the documentary that she filmed back in 1972.
Filmed over the course of two days, 'Amazing Grace' was filmed where Franklin recorded her live album of the same name. In New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, LA, it's believed that Pollack, known for directing 'Tootsie', failed to use a clapper board. The result was 20 hours of raw footage becoming almost impossible to edit.
After being involved in legal battles along the way, the film lay dormant for years. However, in 2007, the documentary finally fell on the lap of producer Alan Elliot who acquired the rights. He and his team finally completed editing 'Amazing Grace' using digital technology in 2011.
Elliot commented "Aretha’s fans will be enthralled by every moment of the film as her genius, her devotion to God and her spirit are present in every frame."
Franklin's niece Sabrina Owens said the documentary "is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. Her fans need to see this film, which is so pure and joyous."
The film will hit the NYC film festival on November 12th. A wider cinematic release expected in January of next year. No word yet if the documentary will make it across the pond to Irish cinemas.